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Prevalence and Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Safety-Critical Railroad Employees

  • 25
  • Nov
  • 2014
AUTHOR: Thomas G Raslear
OFFICE: RPD
SUBOFFICE: RPD-34
SUBJECT: Human Factors
KEYWORDS: Prevalence and Treatment of Sleep Apnea in Safety-Critical Railroad Employees; Journal of Sleep Disorders & Therapy; Sleep Apnea
ABSTRACT: On December 1, 2013 four passengers on a Metro North passenger train in New York City died and 70 were injured as the result of an over speed derailment [1]. Subsequently, it was announced by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that the locomotive engineer operating the train had sleep apnea [2]. Five NTSB recommendations following rail accidents since 2009 [3-7] have called for medical screening of safety-critical employees for sleep apnea. This short communication provides data on the prevalence and treatment of sleep apnea in three groups of safety-critical railroad employees in order to provide an estimate of the magnitude of this problem for the railroad industry.
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